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Would any of our inveterate Chowhounders do me a HUGE solid and suggest a place to take my foodie, hard-to-please, adventurous eater for a birthday dinner on Monday?

Needs to be SPECIAL, but also open on Monday night, and also a place one might secure a rezzie on short notice. Doesn't have to be super fancy, but maybe not minimall exotic; just GOOD. Any amazing upscale ethnic or off-the-radar gourmet?

Many many thanks from a last-minute hubby...

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  1. If you go to Opentable.com, you will find 93 restaurants that have an availability for Monday evening. Lots of interesting choices:

    Akasha / organic, veg. friendly in Culver City

    Beachwood, Venice / good bar scene, interesting bites

    Cafe del Rey, Marina del Rey / solid, romantic

    Choinois on Main, Santa Monica / upscale Chinese

    And the list goes on and on.

    Good luck on finding that special place !

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    Beechwood Restaurant
    822 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

    Akasha
    9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

    1. What are your preferred parts of town?

      1. i did the same thing as Bria, and those 93 options were actually only on the Westside, there are tons more if you also consider Hollywood, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Pasadena, Downtown...you get the idea :) a geographic range (and perhaps any budgetary restrictions) would be really helpful to narrow it down.

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Checked Opentable - and yes indeed, many of our faves are open on Monday... Got rezzie at Osteria Mozza, which we tried when it opened but haven't been back. Don't care if the mozzarella comes from that (far cheaper) storefront on Vine, still heavenly. Next time I'll try for something a little more adventurous and off-the-grid... Thanks everyone!

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          Osteria Mozza
          6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          1. re: cnoxon

            excellent - glad you worked it out. hope it's a great meal!

            1. re: cnoxon

              Storefront on Vine? Huh?

          2. Jitlada for Thai? Or is that too casual?

            Park's BBQ for Korean bbq maybe?

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            Park's BBQ
            955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

            Jitlada
            5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

            1. Lou on Vine does a terrific three course dinner paired with wines for $55.

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              Lou on Vine
              724 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038